Kenya's economic growth depends on poll outcome
28 January 2013, 15:08
With less than two months to the general elections, the country is hyped up at the big decisions that will be made on that day.
Campaigns are already in top gear as various aspirants seek to gain ground in terms of voter numbers.
Whoever takes office does indeed matter a lot.
As voters, we have the chance to make a decision that will affect our country directly for ten years and indirectly for a lifetime.
The vetting bodies have been set up to clean the stage off aspirants who lack integrity and the whole international community is watching keenly to see the direction we take.
The international community is not only about the western countries and eastern powers but also the African giants and Arab community.
All these factions are our trading partners and for them it is important that the next president is someone who can oversee smooth transactions that foster good relations.
I don’t think the international community is so naive as to command us who to vote in and who to ignore but rather they are asking us to make wise decisions that will enable us to surge forward as a country towards achieving vision 2030 and more.
When the US was voting, Kenya kept on pestering them to vote in Obama just because he is the son of K’ogelo and nothing else.
In 2007, the country witnessed the greatest setback since independence and it really punctured our growing economic bubble.
If anything is to happen during the forthcoming elections it shouldn’t be a repeat of what was experienced in 2007/2008.
The events of that fateful period affected businesses across the country, investors ran away fearing for their lives and investments and the whole economy was held at ransom.
We were almost at the point of total collapse.
The damage was unimaginable.
Come March 4th 2013 we will be making a very critical decision as to who will handle our affairs for the next five years.
This is not an easy task and for sure we will need more than just prayers to make this huge decision.
In 2002 the whole country was behind the outgoing president Mwai Kibaki and he overwhelmingly won the seat of president.
The country believed he was the man to fix Moi’s mess and he did exactly that.
The economist came into office and straight away started fixing all the broken sectors.
From the transport industry to the agricultural sector, the man did all he could and the results are visible even as he leaves office.
He lured investors into the country and opened doors for locals to do trade locally and externally.
Generally, he healed the ailing economy and made it walk again something the former regime had so much refused to do.
The greatest achievement of the outgoing president is the promulgation of the new constitution.
He gave Kenyans a reason to hope for a better future and for that he will be fondly remembered.
As we head to the polls let us think as we did in 2002.
We never wanted someone just because he is popular or famous or rich rather we wanted someone who could change the economy for the better.
Kenya wanted a life saver and Mwai Kibaki did exactly that; he saved the economic life of this beautiful country.
In less than 60 days, we will be in polling stations choosing leaders to serve for the next five years.
Let us think of who is capable of taking this country to greater heights and not who is who.
We need someone who understands the economy just like Kibaki or even better and can perform functions that will allow or enable economic growth as we head to the final laps towards achieving vision 2030.
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